Gettysburg Heritage Center
Gettysburg Heritage Center
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Discover... The Town, The People, Their Stories. Bordering the Gettysburg National Military Park battlefield, the Heritage Center is an educational and entertaining museum for families and tour groups of all ages. Learn what the Battle of Gettysburg meant to the people who lived here during the war. Utilizing artifacts, historical documents, interactive displays, and 3-D productions, visitors will gain a better understanding of the events that took place in the town before, during and after the battle. Find out how the people reacted to the invasion of the town - freeze, flee or fight? Hear accounts of ordinary people doing extraordinary things in a time when their home was in turmoil. Located in the lobby of the Gettysburg Heritage Center is one of the largest and extensive gift stores. Offering a wide selection of books, apparel, gifts, collectibles, games & toys, replica weapons and much more! There is something for everyone at the Gettysburg Heritage Center!
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Mara G
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must See Museum!
    I mistakenly bought tickets to the Gettysburg Heritage Center thinking that it was the main visitor's center. What a lucky mistake! A really nicely laid out museum with several immersive experiences. Easily on a par with the visitor's center we had intended to book with. (Do both!) Be sure to watch the 15 minute mini documentary - it really helps clarify the history. Give yourself somewhere between 1-2 hours to enjoy this semi-hidden gem.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 23, 2023
  • Ann P
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Private Battlefield Tour
    Our private battlefield tour guide was Eric. He was very knowledgeable and truly loved the history of the civil war. He shared his opinion if we asked but during the tour he gave facts as they are known. He also knew all the best places to park our car during the tour and where the best shade trees are located. Would highly recommend! Eric really gave us a colorful description of what we were seeing and how it would have been during the battle.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 4, 2023
  • Passport41928597970
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Experience!!!
    This tour was wonderful! We did the 3 hours. Our guide split the ho up between the 3 battlefields. He was great! Explained very well and always asked if we had questions before moving on. really enjoyed the experience and came away learning more.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 9, 2023
  • Mary
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Book a guide for best experience
    We were fortunate to book a Licensed Battlefield Guide through the Heritage Center one day before our 2 hour tour. Our guide, Jim Connely, arrived 15 minutes before tour and he drove our car, talking immediately about Gettysburg history and driving us to different areas of battlefield while explaining what happened over the 3-day battle. Our 2 grandsons said the guide really brought it all to life. Jim was throughly knowledgeable and could answer any question we asked. Related very well with boys.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 21, 2023
  • Jen C
    Pewaukee, Wisconsin134 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A definite must-see while in Gettysburg
    This museum was EXCELLENT. Definitely take the time to watch the movie in the “theater” portion. The visuals in the movie of the troop movements during the battle was awesome. It really gave a new level to the charges and retreats that you hear/read about to visualize them that way. And be sure to leave time to look at the exhibits. The use of the 3D glasses on photos and videos was really cool. And the “Cellar experience”! Oh my goodness. I honestly walked in and was about to walk out the other door thinking it was just a dark “cellar” to give you an uneasy feeling, but nope - it’s a whole presentation/experience that was really well done. Just overall an excellent museum and must-stop when you are in Gettysburg.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 6, 2023
  • histcy
    Bloomington, California22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Tour
    We booked a private 3 hour tour of Gettysburg and we were so glad that we did. We learned so much more about the fighting over the three days than we would of on our own. Highly recommend Dennis who gave us a great tour that was well worth the cost.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 2, 2023
  • Troy H
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    4 Hour guided tour
    Was an awesome tour! Our guide was the best! We did the 4 hour tour. It was my wife's first trip to Gettysburg. She thought it was amazing. I had been there about15 years ago and was glad to be back. Learned some new things we didn't know. Would Highly recommend. Howard our guide was excellent.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 17, 2023
  • Melissa M
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Reliving the Battle of Gettysburg
    My husband and I took the 3 hour Battlefield tour. Larry was our guide and he was fantastic. He had so many facts and stories and made the battle come alive for us. We drove our own car so we were comfortable and the tour was very personalized to us and our questions. One of the best tours we've been on.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 2, 2023
  • John B
    Norristown, Pennsylvania275 contributions
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    Cellar experience brought history to life.
    In my opinion, the cellar experience is one of the best things you can do in Gettysburg. You go into a room and you experience what the civilians saw and heard during the Battle of Gettysburg. It is the closest we will get to having the civilian experience without driving 88 mph in a Delorean to July 1st, 1863. The exhibits in the museum were interesting as well. The information about the civilians killed, wounded or captured during the Gettysburg Campaign taught me something I had never known. The gift shop has all sorts of books and I spent a lot of money buying new books for my Civil War library. Honestly, it was better than the Gettysburg Foundation's gift shop in terms of selection. I was also lucky enough to be there for a Savas & Beatie event and met two authors of some of the books I have read and got them signed. It is ten dollars and plenty of parking in the back. You can also meet licensed battlefield guides here as well.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 24, 2023
  • Viktor P
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Battlefield Private Tour 9/21/2023
    We took a 3 hour private tour of the battlefield which was excellent. Our guide was incredibly knowledgable and engaging. We left with a new appreciation for the events over those three days. Can't wait to return to learn more.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 25, 2023
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Bob R
Albuquerque, NM4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We enjoyed two three-hour tours with Jim Fouts, a Licensed Battlefield Guide. We focused on two sections of the battlefield. Jim was knowledgeable, detailed, professional and friendly. He placed the sections of the battlefield in the larger context of the battle, took us to significant locations to understand the challenges the armies and commanders faced, and added vignettes and little-known details. It was a fully immersive experience, well worth the tour fee. Maria at the Heritage Center set up the tours within 30 minutes after my first call. The entire experience was excellent. There's no better way to more deeply understand what happened at Gettysburg and why.
Written July 20, 2021
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Alan A
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Jul 2020 • Couples
We went on a 3 hour tour of the battlefield with larry as our guide. He was phenomenally educated as to the history of the town and battlefield. He was eloquent and told a marvelous story. We wish we could have had more time with larry. It's such an emotionally charged place and there were times when we were shedding a tear or two. Will definitely be using larry again in the future. The heritage museum staff was so very helpful in booking larry and accommodating what we wanted to do and see.
Written July 7, 2020
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Columbus, OH162 contributions
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Jun 2020
We visited and saw a small museum that very briefly touched the Civil War era. The movie was interesting but brief. The gift shop was good and I was impressed by their book selections available and I found several books that I then purchased. Nice place to spend maybe 30 minutes for the price you paid to get into the center. Staff did help us find a wheelchair for my fiance who had difficulty walking.
Written June 21, 2020
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Eileen M
Collegeville, PA25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed this museum, gift shop, and movie experience. The movie really explained the 3-day battle well visually. The museum was very educational and was hands-on with the cellar experience, going into a area which simulated what it was like for civilians caught in the midst of the battle, hiding in their cellars. The sights and sounds really came alive. You felt like you were part of the action. Highly recommend this place.
Written January 9, 2020
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Thank you for the wonderful review! Our Cellar Experience is one of our most popular exhibits! It is difficult for us to completely understand how the battle affected the people who lived here, but the cellar experience gives you a glimpse into the battle through their eyes. We do our best to tell the story of the battle with our orientation movie, and the story of the civilians in our exhibit area. There were many sides, and stories to the battle. Thank you again for visiting, and the review! Please stop back and see us again!
Written January 10, 2020
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CMR
Whitehall, PA59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
We decided to do a 3 hr personal guided tour of the Battlefield of Gettysburg and it was AMAZING! John Archer was our tour guide and he was so knowledgeable, took us to various different stops in the Military Park - just a really great experience all around. We would definitely recommend this tour to anyone interested in learning about the Battle of Gettysburg. It was like a living history lesson.
Written October 18, 2020
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Thank you for sharing your experience with us! The Licensed Battlefield Guides are one of the best ways to see the battlefield and learn about what happened here in Gettysburg. The guides have an extensive knowledge of the battle, and the Civil War. What is great is that the tour can be catered to fit your needs - whether you're looking for and overview, or want to focus on a specific area of the battlefield. Thank you again for the review! Stephanie
Written October 19, 2020
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Barbara M
London, UK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
Our experience at the Gettysburg Heritage Center was well worth the money. Both my husband and I wish that we had done the Heritage Center before going to the Gettysburg Museum and bus tour and Cyclotron. The Heritage Center presents the three days of the war through the human experience in conjunction with the battles fought over those three days.

The Gettysburg Museum (different venue-easy to confuse) is presented more from a technical point of view.

So much of this review depends on the reader’s interests. However, when I took the bus tour on the first day, I was confused. If I had gone to the Heritage Center first and the bus tour and museum the following day, I think that I would have appreciated and understood the battle more thoroughly. I am not a history buff and am the first to admit that if I am given a series of dates, decisions made for better or worse, maps, and a plethora of leaders’ names, I’m lost.

To me , the Heritage Center made this complex and important battle much easier to understand, especially if this is newer information for you that you may not have studied since high school history.
Written October 21, 2021
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Sue K
Dixon, United States4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We did the private 3 hour tour of the battlefield and the museum. Our guide, Mike, was extremely knowledgeable and personable. We would highly recommend this tour. It helped us decide what parts of the battlefield we wanted to go back and explore more in depth. After the tour was complete, we went to the museum, which we also highly recommend. It gives you the perspective of the townspeople and how the battle impacted their lives not just during the battle, but for the months following.
Written October 11, 2022
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nature-seer
Pennsylvania101 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
As is typical I think of a lot of museums, there is a lot of reading involved around many of the exhibits. To read each and every one would literally take days. I found it very interesting, but my wife is not as much into history (yet) as I am so I didn't take too much time and just hit the highlights.

Also, there are several films around the museum, including the animated map. One gives a breakdown of unit names and sizes, which is very helpful because with this knowledge and later hearing how many divisions, brigades, sections, batteries etc. were involved, really gives a feel for how many men were involved in any particular phase of the battle.

The Animated Map was helpful, but in my opinion not as good as the old Electric Map. It still gives a good idea of unit positions on both sides during all 3 days of the battle.

Gift shop prices were reasonable. We came away with a couple of souvenirs.
Written August 6, 2020
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Thank you for visiting with us and taking time to give us a review! We do have a fair amount of reading that can be done in our museum. We tried to outline the important panels, that help tell the story of Gettysburg, while the others are supportive information, such as quotes pulled from letters and diaries of those who were here during the battle. We understand people learn differently, so we offer a variety of ways - panel boards, interactive displays, artifacts, and movies. It sounds like you hit the main points. The Electric Map at the former Visitor's Center was a piece of Gettysburg history! So many visitors remember seeing the light-up map! We wanted our presentation to offer a great orientation & overview to Gettysburg, like the map did, knowing we would not be the map - it holds a special place in visitors memories. Thank you again for stopping by! We hope to see you again on your next visit to Gettysburg!
Written August 22, 2020
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Tina Fowler
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
We thoroughly enjoyed the guided tour of the battlefield with our licensed tour guide. Our guide, Jeff, was so knowledgeable and passionate about history. We loved the stories he shared. He was patient and allowed us to take lots of pictures. We are truly grateful for the experience and would highly recommend the tour to anyone visiting the area.
Written August 9, 2020
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The Licensed Battlefield Guides are wonderful! They are able to cater the tour to your needs, and make each tour unique. I am so happy to hear you had a great tour with, Jeff, and appreciate your recommendation!
Written August 22, 2020
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waterfan2112
Herndon, Virginia5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020
On May 27, my wife and I, and our puppy, took a guided tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield with Guide Eric Lindblane - organized through the Gettysburg Heritage Center. Eric was wonderful, there is no other word for it. I have visited the field many times, and even had a guided tour before, but Eric helped me unravel questions I had about the battle with skill. I have always been interested in Gen. Buford's actions, the engagement in the Peach Arbor, the 20th Maine at Little Round Top, and the East Calvary Field. I have a slight neurological impairment that compromises my ability to see things in spatial dimension, but Eric was able to explain everything in a way that I could "see" what was going on. I finally understood troop positioning, and how the terrain shielded views, etc. He was very good! I know I will be back, and I know I will be requesting Eric again, and I know what questions I hope he'll clear up next time. If you go, get a guide, and if you get a guide, try to get Eric. He is very good at what he does!
Written May 28, 2020
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